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WHITHER away, with heart, and thoughts, and longings ?
Gather together what is strewed abroad !
Let flow the powers of love direct to God !
And all that heart can need, in that alone.
JESUS TO THE SOUL.
CLEAR out thy heart, and all, for Me:
The house is Mine-dear child, be still !
Whilst through each part I work My Will.
THE BLESSED RETREAT.
May the whole world, its fairest and its sweetest,
Be to thy spirit as a desert wild :
Where God shall hold communion with His child.
“ IT WILL SOON BE ACCOMPLISHED.”
AFTER rain, gleams forth the blessed sunshine;
After cold and storm, come summer days : Sweet rest follows after cross and sorrow ;
Happiness the pain at last allays. Now, 'tis day;—and now, the night draws nigh :
Soon, “ Fulfilled !” shall be our joyful cry.
“I AWAIT THE VISIT.”
Glad tidings reach me from my Lord;—that He,
My spirits Bridegroom, soon will come to me : Therefore I stay at home by night and day,
Lest He should come whilst I am far away.
“WHAT STANDS OUTSIDE CONCERNS
All outer things, leave standing there !
They bring but care and strife.
Brings rest, and joy, and life.
ADAM'S DEATH IS CHRIST'S LIFE.
As Nature's life within thy soul shall disappear,
The more the Life of Christ shall be revealed in thee : Slay, then, what can be slain ; nor cross nor sorrow fear !
What of the Old is lost, in Christ made new shall be.
“SINK DOWN, AS A LITTLE CHILD,
IN THE TENDER MERCY."
SWEET and bitter;
Joy and sorrow ;-
In the Cradle :
OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE.
He serves and loves God better, who can break his own
self-will, Than he who doth some mighty work of his own mind
AS WITH GOD ALONE.
WHATE'ER may come, receive from God, as good :,
THE FREEDOM OF THE CHILDREN OF
GOD. O NOBLE Freedom his, whose soul apart doth lie From all that is not God, in blessed, will-less rest! Untouched by cares and sorrows, it abides on high, Where nought can mar its shelter on The Father's
LET all thy deeds be right and true ;
And never act a part :
Who looketh on the heart.
LOOKING UNTO JESUS.
Forget thyself, O sinner, and thy sins' full surging tide : Look up to Jesus—so shalt thou find mercy in His
sight! Live on for ever thus-beholding Him, and nought
beside ; Till, through that gaze transfigured, thou become a Child
THE SELF-DRAWING LOVE.
God's Love, my living Magnet, draweth me,
With soft, yet all-resistless, inward force ; So that my spirit walketh in His ways :
It walks, and runs; but burdens not its course With too much action ;-lives without a will ;Sinks into God's Own Bosom, and is still.
“THOU BEHOLDEST GOD WHEN THINE
EYES ARE CLOSED.”
Whoso his eyes to self and all things here doth close, Beholdeth God in Light; and dwells in sure repose.